What happens after your embolisation?
When you are completely awake you will be transferred to the High Dependency Unit (a recovery ward), where you will stay overnight. When you have been moved to the recovery ward (HDU), the nurses will take your blood pressure and pulse, and check your groin where the sheath may still be in place. This will be removed a few hours later.
The following day you will be transferred to the ward and you will be in hospital for a few days following your embolisation.
Before you leave hospital the ward staff will arrange any aftercare you might need when you go home.
A small number of patients may experience localised scalp problems for some weeks or months following this procedure. This depends on how complex and lengthy the procedure turns out to be on the day, and cannot be predicted beforehand. You may well not experience any such problems; however if you do notice an area of skin irritation or hair loss, it is our experience that this is temporary. The irritation can be moisturised with aqueous cream and an area of hair loss will be more sensitive to strong sunlight until hair regrowth.
What happens after you leave hospital?
You will be sent an appointment to attend the Neurosciences Outpatient Department, approximately 3 to 6 months after the procedure was carried out. A check angiogram will be performed about five months after the procedure.
If you have any questions concerning this test please ring the Neuroradiology Department:
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5:00pm
Telephone: (0191) 282 5413
If you have any problems after your angiogram, outside of normal working hours, please contact your GP, or your local Accident & Emergency Department. In an emergency you can contact the Senior Nurse in Charge for Neurosciences at the RVI via the switchboard on:
Telephone: (0191) 233 6161